On another wet and cold afternoon, Hawks travelled to Ashford for a mid-table clash with the game was played in good spirits ably assisted by good umpiring. Hawks, following numerous changes of personal right up until the final minutes before the game eventually Hawks were 12 good men and true, fielding 9 players under 20, with the other 3 players all being over 50. Despite the lack of experience on the field, Hawks started the game in positive fashion with Dan Evans and Alex Bush driving through the midfield and taking the game to Ashford.
Hawks penetrated the Ashford area regularly but came away with nothing, as Hawks committed players forward Ashford broke dangerously and scored in quick succession, Hawks initially defending the attacks only to give possession straight back to the Ashford forwards. Hawks gathered themselves at half time, encouraging area penetrations to have a positive outcome, and ball possession to be cherished and reduce turnovers.
Unfortunately Hawks conceded two further goals from quick Ashford attacks, despite the heroics of Hutton and Dunn the Ashford forwards were very clinical. Jones in the Hawks goal made some outstanding saves, particularly two from short corners that would grace the back of any newspaper. The midfield of Ray, Dawson Jnr, Evans and Bush played with great composure and moved the ball through midfield well, and provided the energy and legs lacking from Dawson snr. With Hawks starting to create shooting opportunities and winning short corners, enabled Hawks to reduce the deficit with two well taken short corners. Alex Bush with a smart finish and the back post from one, then Dawson jnr with a clever disguised pass finding OJ Webb who finished clinically passed the advancing keeper.
To come back from 4-0 down and continue to play positive hockey to get the score to 4-2, and still be pressing for more is a credit to the determination of this young group of players. Arthur Jones was a strong contender for man of the match with some fine saves and command of his area, however the award this week goes to George Dawson for two goal line clearances and a strong performance at right half, starting many of Hawks attacks.